Devotional Classics Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors Selections from Christian devotional classics
"Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return." Thomas Kelly (1893-1941), American teacher of philosophy
"The human heart is always drawn by love….You can hardly resist being drawn by love, then, unless you foolishly refuse to be drawn." St. Catherine of Siena, 'The Dialogue'
"The same breath is blown into the flute, cornet, and bagpipe, but different music is produced according to the different instruments. In the same way the one Spirit works in us, God's children, but different results are produced, and God is glorified through them according to each one's temperament and personality." Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1933?), 'With and Without Christ'
"We believe God to be immanent in all things: 'He is not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being.'" Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)
"What are we without You!....You (are) the One, who is one thing and who is all!" Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
"The Divine One is himself the Good (in the primary and proper sense of the word), whose very nature is goodness." Gregory of Nyssa (331-396)
"We should always remember that love is the highest gift of God." John Wesley, 'Christian Perfection'
"We are at bottom all knit together in a great and intimate family." Douglas V. Steere (b. 1901), philosophy teacher and author
"We need deliberately to call to mind the joys of our journey. Perhaps we should try to write down the blessings of one day. We might begin: we could never end: there are not pens or paper enough in all the world." George A. Buttrick (1892-1980), pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City
"Prayer stretches out the tentacles of our consciousness not so much towards that Divine Life which is felt to be enshrined within the striving, changeful world of things; but rather to that 'Eternal truth, true Love, and loved Eternity' wherein the world is felt to be enshrined." Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), 'The Essentials of Mysticism'
"As St. Augustine says, God is closer to us than we are to ourselves." Jean-Nicholas Grou (1730-1803), 'How To Pray",
"We are called to bear one another's burdens, forgive one another, and never judge or accuse one another. Instead, we must pray for one another, helping one another up with a tender hand if there has been any slip or fall." Isaac Penington (1617-1680), 'On Spiritual Virtues'
"The spirit of love makes everything easy." Francois Fenelon, 'Christian Perfection'
"Eternal Good does not have to come into the soul, for It is already there." 'Theologia Germanica' (ca. 1350)
"The will to live, which is present in every person, is an impulse urging us to carry life to its perfection, that is, to that state in which the purpose of God for each life will be fulfilled." Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1933?), 'With and Without Christ'
"The love of the One is actively concerned in awakening each life to its true center." Douglas V. Steere (b. 1901), philosophy teacher and author
"God has wisely joined us all together as the parts of a body so that we cannot say to another, 'I have no need of you.'" John Wesley (1703-1791), English spiritual leader
"Glory to you, Creator of the light, Enlightener of the world….Glory be to you for the visible light: the sun's radiance, the flame of fire; day and night, evening and morning. For the light invisible and intellectual; that which may be known of God, that which is written in the law, oracles of prophets, melody of psalms, instruction of proverbs, experience of histories – a light which never sets." Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626), 'Private Devotions'
"Sincere prayer-in-love is never in vain." George A. Buttrick (1892-1980), 'Prayer'
"Divinity is kneaded in the clay of humanity like one bread." St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), 'The Dialogue'
"Carlyle says: 'Prayer is and remains the native and deepest impulse of the soul.'" E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), 'Conversion'
"The divine will is the wholeness, the good and the true in all things. Like God, the universal Being, it is manifest in everything." Jean-Pierre deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest and author